Little Rock Port gets $6 million from feds for slackwater harbor improvements | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Little Rock Port gets $6 million from feds for slackwater harbor improvements

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 7:03 AM

IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED: To Port's slackwaer harbor, shown branching from river in aerial photo. - LITTLE ROCK PORT AUTHORITY
  • Little Rock Port Authority
  • IMPROVEMENTS PLANNED: To Port's slackwaer harbor, shown branching from river in aerial photo.

The Little Rock Port Authority has been approved for a $6.185 million federal transportation grant to improve its slackwater harbor.

A port news release said the money will pay for, among others, a new dock with a rail hookup capability, and new rail storage.

The blackwater harbor is an inland channel from the river that provides a safe harbor from currents. It's 4,500 feet long, 15 feet deep and 320 feet wide. It currently has a 190-foot dock and one berth, room enough for two barges, two deep, on both sides.

Various officials will celebrate the award of the money at an event Monday.


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